Israeli filmmaker adapts Yehoshua tale

PARIS — Israeli filmmaker Eran Riklis will helm “The Mission of the Human Resources Manager,” a tragi-comedy set in Israel and Georgia.

Riklis previously helmed “Lemon Tree,” which won the Panorama audience award at this year’s Berlin Film Festival, and “’The Syrian Bride,” which won the audience award at the Locarno Film Festival in 2004.

Based on the bestseller by A.B. Yehoshua, the $2.5 million budgeted pic follows the HR manager of Israel’s largest industrial bakery on a mission to save the reputation of his business and prevent the publication of a defamatory article.

Pic is co-produced by Israel’s 2 Team Productions, Germany’s Palace and France’s EZ Film.

Paris-based shingle Pyramide Intl. has picked up French and international rights to “The Mission.”

“I loved ‘The Syrian Bride’ and ‘Lemon Tree,'” said Pyramide CEO Eric Lagesse. “I think Riklis knows how to deal with complex topics with a touch of humor and humanity that makes his films entertaining to a wide audience.”

The pic will start shooting in February and is scheduled for a 2010 theatrical release. The cast has not yet been completed.

Pyramide Intl. will attend Rome Film Festival from Oct. 23 to 26 to rep “Le Plaisir de Chanter” (The Joy of Singing), selected in the official competition, and “La Fille de Monaco” (The Girl from Monaco), the Anne Fontaine helmed pic that grossed $6.7 million at the Gallic B.O.

The shingle’s lineup for Rome and the AFM will include Bruno Dumont’s “Hadewijch” and Catherine Corsini’s “Leaving,” starring Sergi Lopez and Kristin Scott Thomas.

Pyramide Intl. is repping three Oscar entries this year: Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s “Three Monkeys” for Turkey, Aida Bejic’s “Snow” for Bosnia, and Annemarie Jacir’s “The Salt of This Sea” for the Palestinian Territories.

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